David Reeb's paintings are characterized by the infusion of expressionistic, urgent, rapid, brushstrokes, strong colors, geometrical abstraction and decorative patterns together with political content and social realism. By using press photographs as a direct influence for his work, Reeb emphasizes even more the reality on which his work is based.
In this work, Reeb depicts pastoral scenes of kibbutz life, painted after photographs from a Jewish National Fund information bulletin, opposite scenes of the same kibbutz under attack. Opposed to other works by this artist, portraying distressing images of the occupation based on press photographs of real occurances, Bombed Kibbutz from 1982 shows casualties who are Israeli in a fictitious scene.
As Ellen Ginton notes in the exhibition catalogue to the David Reeb exhibition in the Tel Aviv Museum, "this painting was painted as a response to the Lebanon War, and its intention, according to Reeb, is to make the bombings over Lebanon real to our senses by transferring them to Israel and giving expression to the destructive character of military aggression in relation to the utopian dream of Zionism." (Ellen Ginton, "David Reeb with Peace on the Horizon" in David Reeb Paintings 1982-1994, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1994, p. 115-116).
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